The "Religious Right" In America
The greatest prophets, including Jesus of Nazareth, foresaw and foretold what would happen during the passing age, and they knew what would be happening now. That is why Jesus predicted and prophesied about what would happen now at the end of the age he ushered in.
The importance of Jesus as a prophet has been diminished, however, by the doctrines of men who wanted to elevate his status, thereby elevating their own status as well as the status of their church and their religion. But Jesus foresaw that too, even though some of the apostles misunderstood what he meant and consequently became the first Christians to establish erroneous doctrines after he died.
Erroneous doctrines and myths about Jesus were established because certain apostles did not understand the actual meaning of the words of Jesus actually spoke. For example, they did not understand what Jesus said about what would happen at the end of the age when "he" would separate or distinguish the good sheep from the hypocritical "goats" who only pretend to serve the Lord.
In saying things like that, Jesus was speaking of specifically hypocrites who masquerade as Christians but do not understand the will of God or the actual, core, universal message of Jesus. Instead they are what's called "Christian Dominionists
" who focus on "the commandments of men for doctrines
," as Jesus predicted. Thus they are self-important, proud and militant hypocrites who thump their bible to gain personal power and authority, believing they are entitled to rule, oblivious to the fact that the humble and meek shall inherit the earth as equal joint heirs.
Furthermore, even though Jesus said “I will tell them I never knew you,” he did not mean he himself would tell them personally, nor did he mean that at the end of the age he himself would "come again" to distinguish between the good sheep and the hypocritical goats. In saying "I will" Jesus was speaking as he who was "before Abraham," he who Jesus spoke as and for when he said "before Abraham was, I am." He was speak as and for the Ancient One, the Ancient of Days, the same who who the modern son of man also serves and represents.
Therefore, when Jesus said "I will tell them ..." he was speaking of the next son of man, who also serves the Ancient One and the Spirit of truth. He was speaking of the son of man who unlike Jesus would be "first rejected by his generation and suffer many things" (Luke 17:23-25, John 8:28, John 12:47, and John 16:7-15).
That modern son of man has been striving to deliver his message since the 1980s when he saw the ominous signs of the things to come. And when he was finally able to publish the early versions of this message in a book and on the Internet in January 2002, part of the subtitle of the book was "And Why the Religious Right Is Wrong."
He has been and sill is rejected, though, because there has been much confusion over, and much misunderstanding of, the words written in the official Christian Bible. However, Jesus made it clear in many ways that he would not "come again" in person. That is even clear in the Christian Bible as we know it, including when he said:
"The days will come when people will want to see one of the days of the son of man, and they shall not see it. So they will look here and there, but do not follow them. For as the lightning lightens all parts under heaven, so shall also the [work of the] son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected by his generation." (Luke 17:20-25)
Jesus was not speaking of himself in that instance either, because he was accepted by multitudes of Jews, Greeks and others in his generation. Furthermore, he suffered only on the last day of his life, not first or beforehand, but only after he had completed his mission.
Now at the end of the age the modern son of man brings you into remembrance of the true testimony of Jesus, because like Jesus, the modern son of man realizes that he too serves the Ancient One who was “before Abraham.”
He advises you to not be like hypocrites who make a show of their religiosity, charity, alms and tithes. Do not be like the hypocrites who pray for the ears of men, women and children, but rather, when you pray, enter into the closet of your mind and pray to our God which is in secret; and our God which sees in secret shall reward you, whether openly or mysteriously.
The modern son of man has been trying to deliver this message for a long time, because in 1984 he saw the ominous signs of the terrible things to come. And one of those signs was the hypocritical "religious right" which had risen to political power in America supporting President Ronald Reagan.
Hypocritically claiming to serve God but instead serving what Jesus called "Mammon," they helped to formulate and justify the Reaganite "Gospel of Prosperity" which turns Christianity up-side down.
That "gospel" is actually false doctrine which claims that great wealth is a reward from God, and that the poor deserve to be poor because they are merely lazy and lack ambition. They formulated that doctrine by focusing on a couple of sentences in the Christian canon, but they simply ignore all the rest that shows their doctrine is opposite to what Jesus actually taught.
For example, they focus on sentences like Luke 19:26 which states that Jesus of Nazareth said: "I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from those that have not, even what they have will be taken away."
The Reaganite "Relious Right" focuses on that because they think that justifies their claim that their wealth is a reward from God, and that the poor deserve their lot because they are just lazy. However, they simply ignore everything else Jesus said about the rich and poor, and they misinterpret and misunderstand the context and meaning of Luke 19:26.
In the broader context of Luke 19:8-26 Jesus was talking partly about the fact that we generally reap what we sow and need to act appropriately, and he was specifically talking about the rewards of earning an honest and fair profit from an honest investment. However, Jesus qualified such statements and he also said that it is wrong to reap what you did not sow, or profit unjustly because you were tempted by greed and lust for money. Moreover, he said that you should do unto others as you would have others do unto you, and treat all others as you would want to be treated if you were them -- and be fair, just, kind, and generous.
Of course, the Reaganite “Christian Right” also points to Matthew 13:12 which states: "Whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even what he has."
However, they take that out of context too, and consequently misunderstand it.
The greater context of Matthew 13:10-15 states: “The disciples said to him, ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?’ Jesus answered and said, ‘Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever has [knowledge of the mysteries of heaven], to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. For Isaiah said, ‘You hear but do not understand, and see but do not perceive.’ For these people's hearts have grown gross, and their ears are dull and their eyes do not see. Unless they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, then they can be healed.’”
Therefore, both Isaiah and Jesus were not talking about material possessions or money. They were talking about the people who are spiritually poor, who lack wisdom, understanding, and faith.
Moreover, in another sense, what Jesus said about the “haves and have nots” was also a kind of prophecy similar to Isaiah’s. Jesus said that during the age he ushered in, and especially now at its end, a corrupt, wealthy, powerful few would corrupt society. They would not serve God, but Mammon, worshiping wealth and material possession. And they would take more and more so that the majority and the poor would have less and less.
That has been the case during the passing age, and it's gotten so bad that now 20 percent of the American population owns 95 percent of the nation's wealth, while 80 percent of us are expected to get by on the remaining five percent. And it's getting worse in that regard.
And by the way, Jesus also rebuked the commercial profiteers who were profiting unjustly and had turned the temple into a "den of thieves." He hated greedy profiteers, and he even said it would be "easier for a rich man to try to fit through the eye of a needle than to enter heaven."
The truth is that Jesus advocated for the poor and criticized the greedy rich. And the truth must be told because the un-Christian attitude and the misleading propaganda (which was sold as being "religious and patriotic") has ultimately caused a cruel, heartless attitude toward the poor, the homeless and the hungry. It has even caused some major cities in America to ban people from feeding the homeless.
It is a universal divine imperative to feed and care for the poor, and it is not merely a Christian idea, and it's not even necessarily a religious idea. In the most enlightened, successful and harmonic ancient tribes and nations of the world, the elderly, the disabled, the orphans and anyone else who needed help and support received it from the community. The people took care of each other. It was the natural, humanitarian thing to do. It was just common sense. And it still is.
Despite the fact that during the last 30 years the Reaganite ideology has proven to be corporate propaganda used to sell an agenda that enabled the wealthiest few to get incredibly richer while it produced steadily declining financial security for everyone else, many Americans still buy that false doctrine. Why is that?
It’s because Reagan’s most effective role was as a charming television pitch man, and he colluded with the theocratic leaders of the "religious right" like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who had been politicized and influenced by the aggressive, theocratic efforts of Christian evangelists Billy Graham and Francis Shaeffer --- both of whom simply ignored what America's Founders actually said about religion and instead claimed America was founded as a Christian nation and must be ruled by Christians only.
Graham had been very aggressive and busy since the 1950s when he had tried to get President Eisenhower to state that “America is a Christian nation.” But Eisenhower knew the intent of the Founding Fathers and he knew and said that government should respect all religions, so he compromised and remained true to the Constitution and the Founders by supporting an idea to insert “under God” in the pledge of allegiance and “in God we trust” on U.S. coinage. He recognized why the Founders revered the Universal Deity but understood that we cannot have religious freedom unless all religions are treated as equal by government, showing no favoritism.
Despite that, Graham persisted, made a compact with Richard Nixon, secretly endorsed Nixon over John F. Kennedy for president, and met with a large group of Christian evangelists to coax them to endorse Nixon too, even though that clearly violated U.S. laws, policies and tax codes.
This type of theocratic political action has increased even since then, especially after Ronald Reagan gained power with the support of Falwell, Robertson, Graham and others, and that's when the Reaganite "Gospel of Prosperity" was created.
That is why during the last 30 years the Reaganite ideology has proven to be corporate propaganda because it was used to sell an agenda that enabled the wealthiest few to get incredibly richer, even as it produced steadily declining financial security for everyone else.
The son of man started to try to warn people back in 1984, but he was rejected. Even since he was able to publish his first book and web site in January 2002 he has been rejected. And while he has been rejected because he declares his prophetic prerogative and God-given authority, the Reaganite Religious Right has succeeded in selling and implementing their right-wing corporate agenda.
The "religious right" in America has even been pushing the idea that the Founding Fathers wanted the United States of America to be a Christian nation, and even a Christian Theocracy. In recent years they have even concocted a revisionist history justify themselves. That is perhaps demonstrated most in the words and actions of self-proclaimed "historians" such as Texan evangelist David Barton. And to further their right-wing theocratic agenda they have sold the so-called "Tea Party" and others on the "religious right" their revisionist "history."
Fortunately, they are proven wrong by the Founding Fathers themselves (see Quotes From the Founding Fathers Regarding Religion)
. But people like Barton ignore the facts of the matter and he instead makes up his own story. For example, he refers to the Aitken Bible and claims that "Congress approved it in 1782 for use in the public schools
," and further claims it proves that the Founding Fathers wanted America to be a Christian nation exclusively.
However, Barton's claims are terribly misleading for many reasons. For example, it was the short-lived Continental Congress that approved the 1782 Aitken Bible, and it was only to assist the publishing industry. The Aitken Bible was produced before the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787, and the Constitution of course established freedom of religion, prohibited any law regarding the establishment of religion, and prevented any religious requirement for political office.
In spite of the facts, Barton simply fabricates stories. Another example of that is his version about what the Northwest Ordinance was about, which is why many real historians and scholars have been debunking Barton's claims (as has been explained by Chris Rodda at Reclaiming Citizenship, History and Faith here
, and by People for the American Way's Right-Wing Watch here
Now Barton, of course, is but one of many Theocrats who masquerade as Christians. But the truth about him is important, because even though the divisive, partisan ideology of the "Religious Right" in America is the opposite of what the Founding Fathers intended, and even opposite of what Jesus of Nazareth taught, they think they are justified by "The Word of God."
The reality, however, is that pick and choose words and they focus on isolated sentences from the Christian Bible, and they misinterpret what Jesus taught (see Poverty: America's Greatest Shame
). Even worse, they simply ignore the preponderance of scriptural evidence that proves them wrong and hypocritical.
After all, Jesus actually and clearly rebuked the profiteering money lenders and the greedy rich. He rebuked those who profit unjustly. And he blessed the poor, and in many ways he even repeated Isaiah's call to care for the poor and the least of our brethren.
Unfortunately, the Reaganites succeeded in misleading Americans, but it was not only because of the support and justification provided by "fundamentalist Christian" leaders like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Ronald Reagan succeeded because he also had great financial support from huge American corporations ever since the 1950s.
Even before he began to run for the office of Governor of California Ronald Reagan was supported and groomed as a very charming corporate television spokesman, first on General Electric Theater, and then when G.E. supported him and sent him out across the country in speaking tours to promote a corporate agenda. (See the article on Ronald Reagan's Real Legacy
All that is why in his political campaigns and speeches Ronald Reagan was very effective in convincing Americans he was a patriotic and religious Christian. It was his most successful role as an actor, because he had been thoroughly convinced of its authenticity. He believed he was right, and believed he served God and Country.
However, Reagan unwittingly served what Jesus called "Mammon," and he actually served the interests of the wealthiest few at the expense of the country and the majority of its people, and we still suffer the inevitable consequences of the agenda he followed.
The “Religious Right” In the World
The term “religious right” is used in this article to refer not only to the Reaganite “Religious Right” in America who have gained increasing power by aggressively pushing a theocratic right-wing partisan political agenda claiming to be patriotic Christians. It also refers to theocratic Jews and Muslims in the world who also fight to rule in the name of their religion, distorting their religion and acting as if theirs is the only true religion and is destined to be acknowledged as such by the whole world.
They are all wrong to the extent that they believe that. The son of man had known that since 1971, having realized the true nature of God, but between 1982 and 2002 he learned exactly why. That is why the subtitle of his first book was "Why the Religious Right Is Wrong." That book, along with his next three books and his blogs and posts ever since, have pointed out a very basic truth, common to all religions:
The truth is that the humble, gentle, kind, charitable, peaceful and meek people shall ultimately inherit this earth, and that the arrogant, proud, aggressive, greedy, militant people shall ultimately be rendered contrite of spirit in the face of real truth and righteous judgment.
In February 2002 the son of man published his second book, a followup, and writing under a pen name he stated: “In all three [Abrahamic] faiths, fundamentalists do not see the arrogance of their beliefs or the offensiveness of their actions. They see themselves in a fight to ‘restore God to society,’ but they do not realize that God never left and is eternally omnipresent. They don’t see how society is evolving and going through growing pains, and all they can think of is that secular society ignores and wants to destroy religion. Of course, they define religion differently from everyone else, and they think their unique religious beliefs are religion itself. That’s why they generally have no respect for the other denominations or sects of their own religion, or for other religions. In fact, as I illustrated in the first book, they generally hold other religions and groups in contempt and claim they [and] secular humanists are against ‘true’ religion and therefore against God.”
Unfortunately, as the messenger who delivered the judgment continues to be rejected by his generation (as the prophets Isaiah and Jesus prophesied), self-righteous zealots on the “religious right” continue to be wrong and have gotten even more offensive.
Yet, even as they get more offensive and even more slanderous, their blind flocks still believe in them and wage their “holy wars” for them. Why? Because gullible people are usually willing to follow demagogues who appeal to their ego, pride, and prejudices, and they are more then willing to believe that they are superior, “holier than thou” and “godly,” while everyone else in the world is “lost” or “ungodly.”
Of course, that's the oldest trick in the book. But it's been very successful at various times throughout history. Even Adolph Hitler rose to power by claiming he was a Christian "doing God's will" as he condemned and killed people whose religion or race or nationality or culture or sexual orientation he didn’t like. And Hitler wasn’t the only one. Many terrible and hypocritical leaders have gained power by feigning religiosity while demonstrating their cruelty and wickedness.
The problem is that too many people simply do not realize that just as the greatest refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism, the greatest refuge of a hypocrite is religiosity — so claiming to be patriotic and religious has worked like a charm for hypocrites in America during the last 30 years.
They've been able to get away with it because, being spiritually blinded by their egocentric self-importance and self-righteousness, the leaders of the "religious right" focus on certain words, phrases and passages in their scriptures to justify their aggression, imposition, transgressions, offenses, greed and self-interests. And they simply avoid searching their souls or considering their sacred books as a whole, in context. Consequently, they simply ignore the most important and crucial universal truths.
For example, they ignore the Golden Rule of Hillel the Elder and Jesus of Nazareth, which the modern son of man has updated to the Universal Divine Imperative -- which is to treat others as you would want to be treated if you were them.
The articles on the menu to the left go into more detail about how and why the greedy hypocrites and bigots are wrong, and many people have gotten the message about that. Many people have gotten much of the message in the author's work, and much of his work has been heavily plagiarized because it is true. But, he himself has been rejected because most people don't believe his prophetic authority.
Despite his being rejected, it is obvious that many have copied much of what is in his articles on how and why the Reaganite “Gospel of Prosperity” has nearly ruined America, and how and why “Zionism” caused turmoil in the Mid-East and inevitably spread the conflict world wide. And during the last ten years since he began to publish his work many people have increasingly talked about the truth and the facts contained in it.
However, the world needs the full message, and to give you an idea of why that is important, below is some basic information you should know about the three Abrahamic religions, because most of the biggest trouble makers in the world claim to be Jews or Christians or Muslims.